CHILDREN at a school in Somerset recently (July, 2017) took part in an interactive murder mystery investigation session to help with their literacy and problem-solving skills.
Year six pupils at St Mary’s School in Bridgwater spent time solving the new Master Chef Murder mystery developed by Murder Inc using iBeacon technology.
Joe Moretti, Director at Murder Inc, said: “The Master Chef Murder box is a simplified murder mystery investigation we have developed, which is suitable for use in the classroom and is aligned to the National Curriculum attainment targets for literacy.
“We were thrilled to have the pupils from St Mary’s School give it a go. They were put into teams and given an iPad, which allowed them to view the case and all the information needed to solve it, including an inspector’s briefing, interviews with characters, video, documentary evidence and some interactive puzzles that needed to be cracked before evidence was revealed.
“They had great fun trying to solve the mystery and in doing so, were improving their literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving and ICT skills.”
Each murder mystery is fully contained within its own set of iBeacons, which are portable, easy to set up, and can be used anywhere, time and time again. A wifi connection is required to initially download the murder mystery app, but once installed all the information is available offline, with no further access to wi-fi required. This allows it to be played across a variety of locations.
Joe added: “Although fun and engaging for students, our iBeacon Murder Mysteries for schools also address many of the key elements of the Key Stage two curriculum, including reading for understanding, problem solving, critical thinking, secondary skills, working with others, evaluating information, communication and comprehension.”
Joe, who is Murder Inc’s technical expert, is an Independent Learning Consultant with more than 35 years teaching experience, who has delivered successful workshops and keynotes in 45 countries in the field of technology in education.
He has taught directly in the classroom in schools, colleges and at university for more than 25 years before becoming an independent education consultant. During this time he progressed from being a music education specialist to embracing Music Technology before becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator while at Bath Spa University. He has continued teaching in the classroom at all levels in schools and colleges in more than 40 countries.
His continued interest in the use of new technologies has led to a number of projects focused on the integration of technology in the teaching space and he has developed and released several applications on the iTunes store. Joe’s interest in iBeacons began with Apple’s development of this new technology in 2013 and his book, iBeacon Projects focuses on their use in schools.
Fi Moretti is Murder Inc’s script writer and has published several English Literature study guides and interactive multi-media presentations.
Derek Nevell, Deputy Headteacher at St Mary’s School in Bridgwater, said: “We would like to thank Joe and Murder Inc for the opportunity to try out the Master Chef Murder box. The children really enjoyed it and it enabled them to develop a wide range of skills that they probably didn’t realise they were using.”
The Master Chef Murder mystery box contains a USB flash drive holding 10 lesson plans and ways in which content can be used, an introductory video tutorial outlining everything needed to know how to set up the iBeacons, brief students and set the game afoot, an introductory power point, keynote and pdf files to start a scheme of work, various ways in which evidence can be submitted, the solution to the murder mystery in video format presented by the Inspector leading the case, app resource guidance documents and creative content suggestions.
The Master Chef Murder mysery box can be purchased from www.murder-inc.co.uk. Users will also need to download the free app for iOS.
Murder Inc began in 2016 when Joe and Fi Moretti produced their first mystery as an ice-breaker for a corporate event Joe was hosting. This went down so well they were asked to produce others for similar events in the UK and Europe.
For further details or to purchase a murder mystery package, please visit www.murder-inc.co.uk. Alternatively, you can follow on Facebook via https://goo.gl/u6Tfk8 or Twitter @murderincjm.
THE TEAM at a Wellington retailer looks set to assist an organisation for lonely and isolated older people this and next year (2017/18) after choosing it as the store’s Charity of the Year.
The Emporium Somerset on Mantle Street will be helping to fundraise for The Silver Line throughout the coming 12 months at its various events including having collection boxes in the shop.
Claire Lindfield, Head of Corporate Partnerships at The Silver Line, said: “We are thrilled that The Emporium Somerset has selected us as its Charity of the Year. All the support we receive is vital to the service we provide.”
The Silver Line operates the only national, free, confidential helpline for lonely and isolated older people. It currently receives 10,000 calls a week and more than 68% of calls are made during the night or at weekends.
Cato Cooper, Co-owner of The Emporium Somerset, which includes more than 50 different shops across three floors, selling thousands of home and gift items, explained: “The Silver Line does amazing work with lonely and isolated older people and we are super excited to be supporting it as our Charity of the Year. We are really looking forward to fundraising in aid of the charity during the coming 12 months.”
The Emporium Somerset is home to more than 50 shopkeepers selling thousands of homeware, garden and gift items.
Housed in a Victorian chapel on Mantle Street in Wellington, it stocks cards, home accessories, furniture, home and garden wares, knick-knacks, plants, fresh flowers and a small selection of children’s toys.
Cato added: “Our store is fresh, vibrant, light and airy with lots of inspirational, contemporary items, as well as traditional and vintage ones.
“Most of our shopkeepers’ products are either handmade here in the Westcountry, sourced from other British craftspeople and makers, or from ethical and Fairtrade companies. So, there are plenty of unusual items here for people to have a look at and they are reasonably priced too. By buying from us, shoppers are supporting the very backbone of the nation’s economy – small, independent, local businesses.”
As well as running the store, Cato also specialises in restoring furniture and runs a paint and home accessories studio and workshop in-store.
For further details, please call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076, email email@example.com or visit www.theemporiumsomerset.co.uk.
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